THIS RAGING LIGHT

Estelle Laure

Can the best thing happen at the worst time?

For seventeen-year-old Lucille Bennett, life

currently feels like the worst joke ever. With her

parents MIA, Lucille has a nine-year-old sister

to care for, stacks of bills to pay, and inquisitive

neighbors and teachers to avoid. This isn’t the right

time to fall in love.

But love—messy, complicated love—is what Lucille

finds with Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. He offers Lucille a series

of perfect moments during a string of seemingly impossible days.

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Can the best thing happen at the worst time?

For seventeen-year-old Lucille Bennett, life

currently feels like the worst joke ever. With her

parents MIA, Lucille has a nine-year-old sister

to care for, stacks of bills to pay, and inquisitive

neighbors and teachers to avoid. This isn’t the right

time to fall in love.

But love—messy, complicated love—is what Lucille

finds with Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. He offers Lucille a series

of perfect moments during a string of seemingly impossible days. Digby’s

kindness—and the kindness of others around her—make Lucille realize that

“maybe when a lot of bad things happen, good things have to happen too.”

With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful

debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.

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  • HMH Books for Young Readers
  • Hardcover
  • December 2015
  • 288 Pages
  • 9780544534292

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About Estelle Laure

The debut author Estelle Laure is a Vonnegut

worshiper who believes in love, magic, and the power of facing hard truths.

She has a BA in theater arts and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts

in writing for children and young adults. She lives with her two children in

Taos, New Mexico.

Praise

“This Raging Light is a funny, heartwrenching, and soulful read as Lucille develops her own personal family, bloodline or not. It's not one you'll soon forget.”

—Bustle

“This Raging Light is a funny, poetic, big-hearted reminder that life can—and will—take us all by surprise sometimes.”

—Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

With This Raging Light, Estelle Laure establishes herself as a literary heavyweight. Laure’s characters mimic her writing, at once visceral and brave, unafraid to confront love in its every facet—surprising, surpassing, flawed. This book is a thick quilt in a cold room, and I want to wrap myself in it.”

—David Arnold, author of Mosquitoland

Estelle Laure’s This Raging Light might be YA, but it’s got plenty of grown-up appeal.”

—entertainmentweekly.com

Discussion Questions

What does it mean to be a teenager like Lucille, forced

to take on adult responsibilities as she’s coming into her

own?

How do Lucille’s parents’ actions affect Lucille and

Wren? Beyond the obvious negative effects, is there

anything positive that comes from their circumstances?

Lucille’s job at Fred’s is more than just a paycheck to Lucille. What

does she gain from her experience at her job?

At one point in the novel, Lucille asks the question: “Who is this boy

I’ve known for most of always, and why is he everything?” Why is

Digby so important to Lucille at this stage in her life?

How does Wren cope in the absence of a mother in this story?

How do you feel about Lucille’s actions in pursuing Digby in the novel?

What was your response to Digby’s infidelity?

How would you describe Lucille’s voice in the story? Did you find the

first person present tense effective?

Discuss the role of Lucille and Wren’s neighbors in the second half

of the story. How did Lucille’s response to their actions differ from

Wren’s?

Eden doesn’t support Lucille’s crush on Digby. Why is that?

Lucille is a victim of circumstances outside of her control. How does

she take control of her destiny by the end of the novel?